I have a sweet tooth, but I’m usually pretty discerning. It’s easy for me to pass up packaged cookies or chocolate candy. On the other hand, homemade cookies or a fruit crisp and I’ll lick the plate clean until everyone is staring. And then probably grab seconds when I’m alone in the kitchen. For the holidays last year, Harrods sent us one of their holiday hampers chock full of cookies, biscuits, tea, coffee, chocolates, and a whole lot of deliciousness I’d rather not admit to enjoying so quickly! There were a number of items, but my discerning sweet tooth quickly found all the delectable cookies (in a package) that I wasn’t going to be able to resist. My favorite? The white chocolate strawberry cookies.
These morsels were a butter cookie with bits of dried strawberry and white chocolate but nothing overwhelming. They were amazing!! I loved them so much, and they seemed so perfect for Valentine’s Day that I wanted to recreate them. Instead of butter cookies, I decided to make them strawberry scones and they were delicious. After I made them, I asked my husband if he wanted one. He said he’d have a bite. And then he proceeded to eat the whole thing, so I think they went over well!!
I had a hard time finding dried strawberries – surprisingly. Trader Joe’s sells a mixed berry pack that includes strawberries, blueberries, and cherries (not a berry, right?), but it didn’t have enough strawberries. I ended up mixing strawberries and cherries for this batch and it tasted delicious. I did find strawberry-infused, dried cranberries which probably would have been a great option as well, but I was determined to find dried strawberries at the time and passed them up. Next time, I won’t be so overzealous!
WHITE CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY SCONES
These white chocolate strawberry scones were inspired by similar flavored shortbread cookies in a holiday hamper from Harrods. Why I hadn't thought of making baked goodies with the flavors before still surprises me, but at least we have it in our repertoire now!
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
- 1 teaspoon orange or lemon zest
- 1/2 cup cold butter
- 3/4 cup dried strawberries or other red fruit
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 3/4 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons half & half or cream
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 Tablespoons milk plus more
- 2 teaspoons strawberry jam
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cardamom in large bowl. Add zest.
- Cut cold butter into small cubes and add to flour mixture. Rub flour and butter between your fingers until mixture resembles a coarse meal.
- Add dried strawberries and white chocolate chips. Slowly add buttermilk and vanilla.
- Turn dough onto clean, floured surface. Knead until dough is no longer sticky.
- Pat dough into 1-inch tall circle or rectangle. Cut into eight equal pieces.
- Place on parchment-lined baking sheet - reshape if necessary.
- In a small bowl whisk egg and half & half. Brush egg mixture over scones.
- Bake 20-25 minutes, rotating ten minutes into baking time. Let cool completely.
- In a medium bowl, whisk powdered sugar, milk, and jam. If too thick to drizzle, add more milk in very small increments. If too thin, add powdered sugar.
- Drizzle icing over scones. Enjoy immediately or let sit. Cover to serve next day.
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